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Course overview

This practical, five-day course for professional actors uses Stanislavski's method of Physical Action to revitalise your rehearsal practice and build your confidence as a working actor.

You will learn techniques to develop and establish a reliable working practice, refreshing your approach to text and character and integrating strategies for secure and truthful line-learning. Physical Action was Stanislavski's most direct and simple approach, and the essence of his experience and love of acting; through voice, movement and scene work, this course will enable you to reconnect with your practice an explore fresh ways to connect with changing moments in a scene.

This course is designed and led by RADA tutor Brigid Panet, with support from RADA Movement Teacher Katya Benjamin.

Entry requirements

  • Selection by application. You must have either 3 professional acting credits; OR the equivalent of at least one year of acting training. Please see the application form for more information.
  • Participants must be over 18 and have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Experienced performers who are confident to present material in front of other participants.
  • Actors wishing to revive their craft through practice.

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Course information

What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?

There will be a briefing sheet to read before the course starts.

You will need to select, prepare and memorise a complete Shakespeare speech of 20 to 30 lines; spoken to another character or to the audience. This is not an audition, but for use in an exercise on the first day. We will ask you to tell us before the course starts which speech you have chosen.

There are two books recommended for advance reading: Stanislavski, an introduction by Jean Benedetti; and Stanislavski in Rehearsal, the Final Years by Vassili Osipovich Toporkov, translated by Christine Edwards, which is an actor’s experience of working with Stanislavski. But these are suggestions, and not required reading.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

There will be no work set for outside of class.

What’s included in the fee?

The fee covers the cost of your tuition for the times advertised above and any materials essential to the course (and not specified here as materials you need to provide yourself). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.

What materials or equipment do I need?

You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely.

I have a disability or access requirement – can reasonable adjustments be made?

We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email shortcourses@rada.ac.uk

Are there any funding or payment plans available?

There are no RADA Scholarships available for Short Courses. We cannot offer payment plans, and full payment is required to secure your place on a course.

Can RADA provide accommodation?

We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.

Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the course.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course. Certificates are awarded to students who had no unexcused absences or lateness and operated within the obligations laid out in the Terms and Conditions.

Does the course count towards University credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

What is the attendance policy?

Our attendance policy can be read within our Terms and Conditions. 100% attendance and punctuality are expected for all classes.

How do I register for an in-person course?

You will be providing most of the information we need when you fill in your application form or information form.

On the first day of your course, you will be asked to arrive at RADA up to 30 minutes before the start of your first session, and you need to bring a copy of your passport, and, if applicable, evidence of your right to join a short course in the UK.